Bond Fire Update: A calmer wind will help fight the 6,400-acre flames in Silverado Canyon, Orange County; the evacuations remain in place

SILVERADO CANYON, CA (KABC) – Using a calmer wind, firefighters continued on Friday morning in the Silverado Canyon area of ​​Orange County, which consumed at least 6,400 acres while launching a mandatory evacuation, leaving two firefighters injured.

The Orange County Fire Department crew responded to block 29400 of Silverado Canyon Road on Wednesday at about 10:15 p.m., attacking the flames from the ground and air after the flames spread from a domestic fire.

Amid the increased fire risk due to strong winds, officials estimated the so-called bond fire rose to 7,200 acres, but OCFA later reduced the area to 6,400 due to more accurate mapping. The insulation is 10%.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the ferocious winds holding back the effort calmed at night, allowing firefighters to move forward, although hot spots still fluttered on the hillsides of Silverado Canyon.

A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service told Eyewitness News that the injured firefighters who had to be transported by air are in the hospital and recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Bond Fire has forced compulsory evacuation for residents in the Silverado Canyon and Williams Canyon areas as it continued to grow at a rapid pace Wednesday night. Modjeska Canyon is also subject to mandatory evacuation orders, and residents of Borrego Canyon and other nearby settlements have also been warned to prepare for evacuation.

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Residents of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills, west of El Toro and north of Toll Road 241, were also ordered to evacuate. Voluntary evacuation warnings are still in place in the rest of Portola Hills, officials said.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, 25,000 residents are under compulsory evacuation.

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Fire department officials called on the displaced to follow the instructions. The Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation center at Santiago Canyon College, Lot 2, at 8045 E. Chapman Avenue.
Residents in the Lake Forest area are subject to voluntary evacuation orders. The order applies to houses from the 241 toll road north along Bake Parkway to Musick to the Irvine border and from 241 north to Bake to Foothill Ranch community park.

However, OCFA later lifted an evacuation order for Lake Forest, north of Alton Parkway, east of 241.

There is no confirmation of what caused the initial flames. However, there are rumors about the source among the evacuees.

“A lot of people got a generator because the power companies cut off our electricity during the wind, so people got generators out there and there are a lot of people who probably never had a generator before. It’s possible to put the generator in the brush,” said one resident.

Residents who did not evacuate were left without electricity and cell service.

Smoke advice issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District will be in effect Friday morning due to burning fires in Orange and Riverside counties, regulators say will affect air quality throughout North and Central Orange County and Long Beach.

An AQMD adviser warned by Friday morning that unhealthy air quality index (AQI) levels had been detected in North Orange and the Long Beach area near an airport fire near Corona Municipal Airport and that Bond Fire had an impact on air quality levels in central Orange County in cities like Newport Beach, Irvine and Lake Forest, AQI levels have reached the very unhealthy category in some places.

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The City News Service contributed to this report.

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